Hyderabad: An image supposedly of a show on a Hindi news channel crediting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India's first Olympic medal is going viral. It is being claimed that the news channel aired the show.

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Fact Check

The viral image is a hoax.

On the bottom of the image we noticed the text "@kamaalzafar". We searched for this account on Twitter but it had no posts.

We also found that many mainstream media had published reports about India winning its first medal in the Tokyo Olympics. On the second day of the start of the Olympic Games, Indian weightlifter Mirabai Chanu won the country's first medal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had congratulated her on the win.

A Google reverse image search of the viral photo directed us to a verified Twitter account that had posted the original picture.

We also found the poster on the official Facebook account of Aaj Tak. It was shared with the caption, "#Khabardar देखिए रात 9 बजे Sweta Singh के साथ" which means "Watch #Khabardar with Sweta Singh at 9 PM".

We then compared both the images and found that the medals were edited on top of the trophy as well as the main headline of the promo. The promo that is going viral has been edited so neatly that we did not see any font or spelling errors.

It is therefore evident that the viral photo has been morphed image.

Claim Review :   Photo of news show crediting PM Modi for India’s first Olympic medal.
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Tejal Sinha

Tejal Sinha is currently a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is pursuing Masters in Journalism and Communication from St Francis College for Women. She is open to learning new things while exploring the road to unbiased journalism. She has also been awarded best report by women journalists, 2021. You can follow Tejal on Twitter @SinhaTejal

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